In this guide, we will show you how to remove bloatware apps from Huawei P40 series and debloat EMUI 11. Most of the Android mobile phone manufacturers have their own UI skin for their devices.
Skins are essentially customized versions of the stock Android user interface. The Chinese mobile phone manufacturer, Huawei also has it’s own UI skin known as EMUI. Due to political reasons, EMUI does not come with Google Play services, so as a replacement, EMUI uses HMS, which stands for Huawei Mobile services.
Like any other UI skin, EMUI comes pre-loaded with some apps and games that the users find do not find to be necessary. They take up space unnecessarily.
These apps are called bloatware. Back in 2020, Huawei released the Huawei P40 series which came with Android 10 out of the box with EMUI 10.1 as the overlying skin. It was later upgraded to EMUI 11. Bloatware can be very irritating for users.
So if you own a device from the Huawei P40 series and you are looking to remove the pre-installed apps from your device, then you are at the right place as in this guide we will show you how to debloat EMUI 11.
What is Bloatware?
Bloatware are system apps that are already installed on a device and are regarded to be useless by users. These apps are already installed by OEMs on their devices and play a part in generating revenue for the brands.
Users find these apps to be irritating as most of the apps are not very useful. They take up much space and they can not be uninstalled normally like other apps on a device.
As we mentioned above, the Huawei P40 series is now running on EMUI 11. Due to the efforts of XDA developers, it is now very easy to debloat EMUI 11. Every other mobile phone manufacturer nowadays ships their devices with a bunch of pre-installed apps.
These apps serve different functionalities and purposes. While most of these apps help generate revenue for the OEMs, some are also essential in carrying out some basic device functionalities.
But if users would have been provided with a choice as to whether keep those apps installed on their devices or not, it would have been much better from the user’s point of view.
But unfortunately, that is not how it works. The OEMs and different brands regard these already installed apps as system apps, so this means that even if you want to uninstall them from your device, you will not be able to do so in the normal way.
A possible workaround is to disable those apps, but they would still occupy space on your device. But there is a way in which you can uninstall this bloatware from your device, largely owing to the open-source nature of the OS. So carry on with this guide to read the steps on how to debloat EMUI 11.
Debloat EMUI 11 and Remove Bloatware From Huawei P40 series
In order to perform this task properly, we will have to make use of ADB commands. This is important because there is a chance that these apps may bring some security issues. For this process, there are a few things that you need to take care of before you perform this task.
So do not forget to complete all the pre-requisites mentioned below before you proceed to the instructions.
- First of all, you are required to download and install Android SDK Platform tools on your PC.
- You will need a windows PC or a laptop for the task.
- You need to grab a USB cable to connect your device to your computer.
Provided below are the instructions to debloat EMUI 11. These steps involve the use of adb shell commands for different app packages. The list of these commands are provided by XDA developer faceliler.
You can get the complete list of commands by referring to our guide, How to debloat EMUI 11 or Remove Bloatware from Huawei. But keep in mind that it is not advised to remove all of the pre-installed apps as some of them are useful are useful, such as App Gallery. So without any further ado, let’s get started:
STEP 1: First of all, you are required to enable USB debugging on your device by heading over to the Settings app on your device, then go to About Phone > Tap on Build Number 7 times > Go back to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging.
STEP 2: Download Android SDK Platform Tools from the link above if you haven’t already. Once downloaded, unzip the file or extract it to any convenient location on your computer.
STEP 3: After that, proceed to the platform tools folder on your PC, there, type cmd in the search bar and press Enter. This will open the Command Prompt.
STEP 4: Now from the link that we provided earlier, refer to the list of commands and simply type in the command for any bloatware app that you want to remove and press enter.
STEP 5: For instance, you wish to remove the Wallet app, then simply enter the command:
adb shell pm uninstall –user 0 com.huawei.wallet
STEP 6: Or if you want to get back the uninstalled Wallet app, then type in the command below:
adb shell cmd package install-existing com.huawei.wallet
Use the same command for re-installing other apps and just use the corresponding app package name in the command.
So that was it from our side on how to debloat EMUI 11 and remove bloatware from Huawei P40 series. We hope that you found this guide helpful. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.